Hit­ting the ceil­ing over house prices

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar has got into a war of words with Se­lan­gor Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali over house prices in the state.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence at the Par­lia­ment lobby yes­ter­day, Noh ac­cused the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment of ma­nip­u­lat­ing hous­ing prices.

“The state gov­ern­ment via lo­cal coun­cils places de­vel­op­ment charges as one of the con­di­tions, mean­ing early charges for in­fra­struc­tures that need to be built.

“This of­ten ends up with the de­vel­oper ei­ther aban­don­ing the project or shift­ing the high cost to buyers,” Noh said.

He added the con­di­tions are among the de­ter­min­ing fac­tors for the value of a par­tic­u­lar prop­erty, where the de­ci­sion of the state gov­ern­ment is ab­so­lute.

How­ever, Azmin in an im­me­di­ate re­sponse claimed his gov­ern­ment has man­aged to of­fer cheaper hous­ing un­der the Rumah Se­lan­gorku pro­gramme, com­pared to Pu­tra­jaya’s PR1MA.

“What is the price of PR1MA’s af­ford­able houses? RM400,000. What is the price for Rumah Se­lan­gorku? RM250,000. Did he pass his Math­e­mat­ics?”

Azmin added that Rumah Se­lan­gorku had taken the ap­proach to make life eas­ier for peo­ple in the tar­get group.

”We set the con­di­tion that Rumah Se­lan­gorku hous­ing must be built first be­fore the more ex­pen­sive houses,” he said.

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